Yucatan and Mayan Mexico

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Mexico's Yucatan peninsula offers a spectrum of attractions: dazzling tropical beaches in Cancun and along the Caribbean coast; luxuriant coral reefs; charming colonial cities like Merida and Campeche; the world-famous ancient Mayan cities of Uxmal, Palenque and Chicen Itza. Cadogan's guide covers these celebrated sights in full, but also goes deeper to out-of-the-way hotels with miles of empty beach, to ruins still half-buried in the forest, into the quirky way of life of sleepy country towns and Mayan villages,...
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Overview

Mexico's Yucatan peninsula offers a spectrum of attractions: dazzling tropical beaches in Cancun and along the Caribbean coast; luxuriant coral reefs; charming colonial cities like Merida and Campeche; the world-famous ancient Mayan cities of Uxmal, Palenque and Chicen Itza. Cadogan's guide covers these celebrated sights in full, but also goes deeper to out-of-the-way hotels with miles of empty beach, to ruins still half-buried in the forest, into the quirky way of life of sleepy country towns and Mayan villages, and on adventure trips into jungle reserves. It gives you all you need to know - whether you want to enjoy the local culture or just mellow out in a hammock by a palm-shaded beach.This guide includes practical travel advice; 400 carefully selected places to stay; over 600 restaurants, bars & cafes; details of newly excavated Mayan sites; 44 maps & site plans; stunning color photography; essential information on diving, snorkeling and watersports. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 540 pages, color photos, maps, illustrations)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566567954
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Series: Cadogan Guides
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing
01 Yucatan and Mayan Mexico: a photo essay
02 Introduction 29
A Guide to the Guide 32
03 The Maya 33
04 History: Conquest and After 61
05 Topics 83
Cenotes and Caves 84
Colonial Builders 85
Ecotourism 86
Mayan Textiles 88
Wildlife and the Natural World 90
06 Food and Drink 95
Eating Out 96
The Food of Southern Mexico 97
Menu Decoder 98
Drinks and Drinking Habits 100
Fantastic Fruit 104
The Guide
07 Travel 105
Getting There 106
Special-interest Tour Operators 108
Entry Formalities 111
Getting Around 112
Cuba for the Weekend 116
08 Practical A-Z 117
09 Cancun, the Islands and Riviera Maya 141
Cancun 144
The Hotel Zone 146
Ciudad Cancun 159
Isla Mujeres 161
Isla Contoy 170
Isla Holbox 171
Isla de Cozumel 174
Puerto Morelos 185
Punta Maroma and Punta Bete 189
Playa del Carmen 191
Xcaret 200
The Southern Riviera 201
Tulum 207
Muyil 216
Sian Ka'an and Punta Allen 216
Coba 220
Punta Laguna 224
10 Yucatan State 225
Valladolid 228
Cenote Dzitnup 235
Ek-Balam 235
Chichen Itza 237
Around Chichen Itza 251
Northern Yucatan and Rio Lagartos 253
Izamal 257
Ake 261
Merida 262
Sisal and Celestun 292
Dzibilchaltun 295
Progreso and the North Coast 298
Camino Real to Campeche and Oxkintok 302
Uxmal and the Puuc Route 304
Ticul and the Southern Yucatan Towns 325
11 Southern Quintana Roo and Rio Bec 333
The Land of the Talking Cross 335
Felipe Carrillo Puerto 336
The Costa Maya 340
Laguna Bacalar 345
Chetumal 348
Chetumal Excursions 354
Into Belize 356
Mayan Sites in Southern Quintana Roo 356
The Rio Bec 361
The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve 369
Balamku 374
12 Campeche State 375
The Camino Real and the Campeche Petenes 377
Campeche 380
Edzna 391
Hopelchen and the Chenes Sites 394
South from Campeche 399
13 Tabasco 403
The Centla Coast 408
Villahermosa 409
Yumka Nature Park 421
Comalcalco 422
Western Tabasco 425
The Sierra de Tabasco 426
The Rivers Region 427
14 Chiapas 429
Palenque 432
Misol-Ha and Agua Azul 448
Lacanja and Frontera Corozal 450
Naha, Metzaboc and the Rio Lacantun 454
Yaxchilan 455
Bonampak 461
The Highlands 464
Ocosingo, Tonina and Laguna Miramar 470
San Cristobal 474
Highland Villages 492
Around Comitan 499
Montebello Lakes 502
Tuxtla Gutierrez 504
Chiapa de Corzo 510
Pacific Chiapas 513
Tapachula 515
Izapa 520
Into Guatemala 521
Reference
Language 522
Glossary 526
Further Reading 527
Index 529
Maps and Site Plans
Yucatan and Mayan Mexico
Chapter Divisions 31
Mayan Sites 35
Cancun and the Riviera Maya 142
Cancun Hotel Zone 147
Ciudad Cancun 160
Isla Mujeres 162
Isla Mujeres Town 168
Isla de Cozumel 175
San Miguel de Cozumel 182
Playa del Carmen 191
Tulum Ruins 214
Coba 221
Yucatan State 226
Chichen Itza 242
Merida 263
Dzibilchaltun 296
Uxmal 309
Kabah 317
Sayil 320
Labna 322
Mayapan 331
Southern Quintana Roo and the Rio Bec 334
Chetumal 349
Kohunlich 360
Becan 366
Chicanna 368
Calakmul 372
Campeche State 376
Campeche 380
Edzna 392
Tabasco 404
Villahermosa 410
Central Villahermosa 416
Comalcalco 423
Chiapas 430
Palenque Town 435
Palenque Ruins 444
Yaxchilan 456
Bonampak 462
Chiapas Highlands 465
San Cristobal 475
Tuxtla Gutierrez 505
Tapachula 516
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